A Writer's Life

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People often tell me that they wish they had my life—
especially when they hear about my latest trip to Nashville, New York or Los Angeles. 

So, I’ve created A Writer’s Life to give you a chance to peek behind the curtain and see what it’s really like to be a professional author. Is it as glamorous as it sounds?

Once a month I’ll post a glimpse into my world; the good, the bad and the ugly.
This is what it looks like when we step out and bet on ourselves.

good enough

I’m always pressed for time at Christmas, but this past season seemed worse than usual. I ended up with a very small window in which to get my tree up and decorated. That meant I had to skip steps in order to speed up the process. I dragged the tree into

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state of emergency

As I write this, my hometown is under a State of Emergency. Yesterday we got hit with a massive, 17-hour blizzard (a Category 2 hurricane that dropped three feet of snow, in addition to what was already on the ground) and right now, a second blizzard is raging. (If you

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pee on the seat

I just got back from a trip to New York City with my daughter. We saw four Broadway shows in three days, so there wasn’t a whole lot of time to do much else. We did, however, find time to swing by Saks Fifth Avenue. Two important takeaways from that

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in training

It’s marathon Sunday in Chicago. My sister, Diana, ran the race this morning, and yesterday, I ran the Chicago International 5K—my first race in 18 months. Humbling. And before you ask: no, I have no plans to run a marathon anytime soon. I write novels, and that’s basically the same

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the birds and the bees

When people tell me that they wish they had my life, one of the things they long for is the freedom to set their own schedule; to work when, where and how they want. The funny thing about being a writer is that I’m on the job 24/7. I do

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One of the skills that a professional writer has to develop is the ability to say no. No to social invitations. No to interesting projects. No to clueless asks. It isn’t an easy thing to do, but when I’m under deadline, saying yes to them means saying no to myself.

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